Why You Need To Be Selective With Link Ups & Blog Parties

Be Selective with link ups and blog partiesI’m sitting here on the weekend looking at various Link Ups and Blog Party reminders and I realize that I have started to reduce the number of Link Ups, so I thought I would write something about the reason why I’m cutting back.

I know, I know, I hear you saying “Link Ups and Blog Parties” increase your exposure.  I agree!  I’m still cutting back though and here is why.When I first started blogging, I had no idea what a Link UP or Blog Party was.  The great thing I have found in the ‘World of Blogging’ is that other bloggers are very helpful and supportive and I soon learnt the meaning of Link Ups and Blog Parties and how they work.

Well knowledge can be a dangerous thing and suddenly I was linking up to everything that I could.  I was in a Link Up Frenzy as I wanted to get my blog out there in as many avenues as possible.

That was my first mistake!

The idea of link ups is to link usually 2 – 3 of your posts and then comment or share 2 or 3 others.  This can be very time consuming if you are linking up to several and it can get to the stage where you are commenting more than you are writing your blog!

Co-Hosting is a great way to meet other bloggers, build a network and display your own work.  However, I believe that if you are hosting you need more than ever to read and make valuable comments to contributors.  To me, it is a ‘thank you’ to those linking up and a quick ‘thanks for linking up’ won’t cut it.  You can imagine having a link up with 50, 80 or well over 100 posts and commenting on them all takes time.  However, I think it is a great way to network.

Here are some tips I have learned on how to approach Link Ups and Blog Parties

1.  Limit the amount of link ups to 4 or 5 per week

Don’t put pressure on yourself to link up to every Blog Party you see promoted.  Ask yourself why you are linking up and how much time out of your week it will take linking up to various parties.  Read point 5 to see why.

2. Find Link Ups which align with the ‘message of your blog’

I look at some link ups and there is a great variety of posts.  This can be a good thing, however first and foremost you should be linking up with others who will benefit most from your ‘message’.  I don’t tend to link up with ‘Motherhood’ links because my blog is about Midlife and how to lead a fit, healthy and active life in later years.

I quite like the link ups that perhaps suggest a theme or word to write about.  This makes you think and can also help if you are experiencing a lapse in creativity.

3. Trial different link ups and then become selective

Link up to those that respond to your posts and you feel that most or all of the hosts and contributors are generally interested in what you are posting, as opposed to those that have the ‘link up and run’ attitude.

4.  Build relationships with other bloggers in the link up

If you stick to a limited number of Link Ups you will find you start to build relationships with the ‘regulars’.  Those bloggers who link up every week.

5.  Use a Link Up Schedule

Try not to use the same post on each link up for that week.  If you are being selective and only linking up with others who have similar niches you will find that you are seeing the same post on 4 or 5 different link ups in the one week.  Try to work out a plan to rotate your posts.  This may take a bit of practice and I haven’t quite mastered it yet.

6. Try co-hosting

There are always Link Ups looking for co-hosts.  If you are interested in hosting a link up of your own, it is a good idea to start as a co-host so you can see the amount of work involved.

I co-host two link ups #AnythingGoes and #WednesdaysWisdom which is plenty for me.  I love the ladies I’m co-hosting with and also the regular contributors.

Link Ups and Blog Parties are great and I think they are vital to getting exposure, however remember,

You Can't Link Up to Every Blog Party! So Be Selective - Quality not Quantity!Click To Tweet

 

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37 thoughts on “Why You Need To Be Selective With Link Ups & Blog Parties

  1. Marilyn

    Very nice post, Sue. And life itself is quality vs quantity. Now, if I could only take my own advice! I love having you cohost and your articles are always to the point and spot on. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh Marilyn you are a joy to work with and so patient and helpful to me. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and you are right we need to take our own advice sometimes! Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Marcey Casey

    Thanks for this post. I am a little less confused about link parties. I hadn’t read anything as clear and concise as what you just wrote. I do a weekly blog round up. Would you mind if I post a link to this article?

    Thanks.

    Marcey Casey

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh I’m glad you liked the post Marcey and that you found it helpful. I would be delighted for you to post a link. Thank you for commenting and enjoy your weekend.

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  3. Debbie

    I so agree with you about the time factor. While I love reading and commenting on blogs, after a while it, between linkups and link loves in my Facebook groups, it almost becomes a chore. I haven’t needed to cut back yet (I actually just started, beyond a Meatless Monday linkup), but I definitely don’t want to add any more at this time.

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    1. sue Post author

      That is the word Debbie ‘chore’. It started to become automatic and hardly reading the other posts. Now that I have cut back to a number of linkups I can manage I am enjoying it more and providing more meaningful comment and connections. thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Carlyn Bullock

    Good afternoon from Tampa Sue! I was excited to see your title and anxious to hear your thoughts as I read along. Great post, I can share that amazing women have come into my life who are changing the direction of my life through link-ups.

    I believe we are led and sit here in utter amazement at what has unfolded for me in the past three weeks through commenting. I commented on a post written by a blogger in Texas who is well-known, she published a book in March. When I commented I received a canned message explaining that she is overwhelmed by comments, she can’t respond to them all but appreciated me stopping by her blog. Never expecting to hear from her an hour later I got an e-mail letting me know she was down-the-road 2 miles from me IN TAMPA at her cousins, she was here to film an interview about her book and asking if we could meet for lunch the following day! I will be staying with her and her husband in Texas next month. All I can say is God bless you and all the other Link-up Hosts out there for allowing us this opportunity. You are angels in my eyes 🙂

    With a smile, Carlyn 🙂

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    1. sue Post author

      What a breath of fresh air you are Carlyn! thank you for stopping by to comment and yes I agree we meet some wonderful people through the world of blogging. It is also nice to hear that our work as hosts for link-ups is appreciated. You should link up to our #WednesdayWisdom and also #AnythingGoes. Have a wonderful day and talk again soon.

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  5. SUZI T

    I have a problem in that I can never remember the link parties I like. So I’ve started writing down the main ones and find that I have cut back to the same few each week now. I actually find the same people interesting week after week so it’s worked for me.

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    1. sue Post author

      Yes Suzi it really can get out of hand to manage. I think concentrating on a manageable number allows you the time to actually read the posts and also make new friends. Thanks for commenting

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  6. Sam @ Raggedy Bits

    Thank you for the blogging tips and tricks! I’m only relatively new to blog world and am already finding that I’m stuck on the computer and not doing as much of what I love….creating! But I do love reading all the blogs!!! Need to find that happy medium!

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    1. sue Post author

      Sam you are quite correct – the happy medium! Thanks so much for being part of our link up and commenting on my post. Have a lovely day!

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  7. Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life

    This was a very timely post for me to read as I came to the same conclusion myself this week. I am currently reviewing the link ups I participate in, in order to be able to provide more meaningful comments and to build relationships with the regulars in the link ups I continue to participate in, as well as spend time on my own blog and link up.

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Ingrid thanks for the comment and I think there are quite a few of us that think this way. I feel so much better now that I have ‘let go’ and not tried to link up to everything going around. I can really build relationships and enjoy my ‘virtual’ friends. Have a lovely day!

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  8. Kristine Hart

    May I kiss the ground you walk on?!?! 😉 Thank you for this! I’m trying to link up to four or five a day!! It gets soooo confusing sometimes. Especially when you’re supposed to ‘say hello & thanks to your co-host’. Now I have no problem saying ‘hi’ or ‘thanks’ but one linkup has SIXTEEN hosts!! And if you’re like me you want to come up with something different to say for each host which takes A LOT of thinking time! So with all that said, did I say “Thank You!!!!”
    Kristine 🙂 from blueblanket.com

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    1. sue Post author

      OOH I’ve never had anyone ask me that before LOL:) I’m so glad I could make you feel better. I was getting so flustered and frustrated trying to remember when to link up, what ones I was linking to, what posts to link that I just said WHOA slow down. I feel much better now. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you link up to our party 🙂

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    1. sue Post author

      I hope #AnythingGoes linkup is on the list you will still keep we love having you. Have a lovely day!

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  9. Michelle

    This is very helpful Sue. I link up a lot. I’ve been blogging for 7 months now and need to get the traffic. I have a system down but you are right, you have to choose. I’ve started to scale back on ones that don’t really fit, or a I alternate each week depending on my posts. If I have a recipe that week, I tend to link up on foodie sites, helpful tips for younger moms, I gear towards those parties. It varies, once I get a steady reader flow, I can scale back even more. Still working out all the kinks.

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh Michelle we must have started blogging around the same time. I’m still trying to work out what I actually want to do with my blog as it started as a hobby and is not monetized. Good idea about mixing up the link ups though so I might try that as well. Good luck with the numbers – I’m a follower!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Gigi, I’m so pleased you found it useful. Sometimes it is hard not to try to link up to everything! Have a great weekend.

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  10. Keshia

    I’m not apart of the sixty club but I find this post so informative. I agree that we must focus on what and which topics we can relate to; thank you for this reminder such a stress reliever.

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  11. Brandy @ Our Thrifty Home

    I HAVE BEEN LOOKING OF THIS!

    I found this link through Facebook. I have been searching for information on this subject and I’m so glad I finally found it.
    Link-ups are so much work. I truly value your suggestions and advice.
    Thank you for sharing this.

    Blessings,
    Brandy

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    1. sue Post author

      I’m glad you found it throught Facebook! It can be hard trying not to link up through everything we just have to step back occasionally. Thanks for the comment Brandy and have a great weekend.

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  12. Fabiola

    You are so right, Sue! Joining too many threads and link up parties can snowball into madness. Just last week, I had made the resolution of only participating in one a day, at most, in order to spend more time writing, which is what I love to do. That still generates enough exposure, and it’s better to engage with 2 or 3 blog posts than to leave 100 useless comments. Quality over quantity!

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    1. sue Post author

      I’m glad you agree Fabiola! It can drive you nuts trying to keep up with everything and a life. Quality over Quantity that’s my motto!

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  13. Merry Bevill

    Nice article. I have been hesitant to join linkups precisely because of point #2. I have a very selective niche and there are no bloggers and linky parties promoting it. So I have taken a leap of faith and this is actually my first link party. Because it would be nice to have a network of blogger buddies. So Hello Sue. It’s nice to meet you. Merry

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    1. sue Post author

      Well hello Merry and welcome! I looked at your website and I’m sure it would be welcome in link ups. It is nice to have a network of buddies. So I suggest perhaps linking up at the two I co-host #AnythingGoes and #WednesdaysWisdom they have a great variety.

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  14. Ilka

    You made some good points here Sue. It really is extremely time consuming, that’s the #1 reason why I need to be more selective. I’m pinning this to my Blogging Board.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh Hi Ilka! Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you found some valuable points. When I started blogging I was signing up for everything and it just became such a chore! Now I’m being more selective and building relationships. BTW I notice your post Training Log for the Disney Marathon I’m a runner and have completed one marathon at 55 not sure I have another one in me but will definitely check out your post. Have a lovely Christmas and a great 2016!

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  15. Cathy Lawdanski

    Sue – thanks for this. I just started my blog mysideof50.com in December and am just learning about Linkups. I joined 3 today (including Over the Moon) and it is time consuming. Necessary, but I am going to be selective and watch the time that I spend on them! Appreciate your post!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh well done for started a blog Cathy I will have to check it out. Link ups are great but time consuming! It is hard when you first start as you want to get exposure but you can burn out if you don’t take care. Good luck!

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